Culture

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

The marbles were created for the Parthenon in Athens

Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the Acropolis. “Around” is the operative word, because the Greeks have gone to great lengths to unite their Athenian antiquities with a pedestrian path. At the ... Read More »

Are we free?

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Neuroscience gives the wrong answer For several millennia, people have worried about whether or not they have free will. What exactly worries them? No single answer suffices. For centuries the driving issue was about God’s supposed omniscience. If God knew what we were going to do before we did it, in what sense were we free to do otherwise? Weren’t ... Read More »

Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list

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Concern over development projects prompts request for a monitoring mission This Friday, 17 October, is the final deadline for environmental comments to be submitted to the Italian government regarding its desion to deep-dredge a channel through the lagoon so that the vast cruise ships can enter the port of Venice without sailing through the city. Since the decision was announced ... Read More »

Can George Clooney’s Wife Rescue the Elgin Marbles?

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Greek heritage officials have pulled a PR ace from their sleeve in a bid to win one the longest running cultural disputes over the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles, currently on display in London’s British Museum, the Guardian reported. The Anglo-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney finally traveled to Athens on Monday to advise the Greek government on the reclamation of its cultural ... Read More »

Gaudí, an inspiration to architects—and a famous chef

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This month’s congress on Gaudí will focus on the church of Colònia Güell A conference on the designer, alternately called a madman and a genius, is taking place in Barcelona It is said that when the head of Barcelona’s school of architecture gave a young Antoni Gaudí his degree in 1878, he said it wasn’t clear if he was presenting ... Read More »

Moulin Rouge still alive and kicking after 125 years; Sold out nearly every night

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PARIS (AFP).- As quintessentially Parisian as the Eiffel Tower or the Sacre Coeur, the Moulin Rouge cabaret on Monday celebrates its 125th anniversary and it’s in very good shape considering its age. Immortalised by the painter Toulouse-Lautrec and more recently by Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann’s eponymous film, the iconic red neon windmill in the heart of Paris’s Pigalle red-light ... Read More »

Who’s afraid of the Marquis de Sade?

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The radical 18th Century libertine left a profound mark on our culture. He’s everywhere – but why does he still scare us? Jason Farago explains. “Either kill me or take me like this, for I will not change,” wrote the imprisoned Marquis de Sade to his wife in 1783. It could only be one or the other for the most ... Read More »

Vanessa Redgrave premiers documentary on Bosnia labor rights

Actress Vanessa Redgrave arrives for the world premiere of the documentary "Bosnia Rising" in Sarajevo

British actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave premiered a documentary late on Friday made with her son about a workers’ uprising in Bosnia this year that typifies the pain of post-communist transition in eastern Europe. “Bosnia Rising” centers on the fight to save a detergent factory in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, once a hub for the metals and chemicals ... Read More »